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Mexico’s Riviera Maya is one of my favorite beach escapes. Those broad stretches of white sand and glistening turquoise waters always take my breath away. One of my favorites escapes in the area is the Barceló Maya Grand Resort, which consists of five distinct hotels: Barceló Maya Palace, Barceló Maya Caribe, Barceló Maya Colonial, Barceló Maya Beach and Barceló Maya Tropical.
Elevate Your Stay in the Riviera Maya with Premium Level
The Barceló Maya Palace is a AAA Four-Diamond Resort, but you can make your all-inclusive luxury resort experience even better by opting for the Club Premium Deluxe experience right from the start, which is what I did. This way, from the moment you arrive, everything is upgraded. You have an exclusive check-in and you have access to all five of the resorts. There are shuttles that run between the resorts, or you can walk along the sand and enjoy the wide stretches of pristine beach.
The rooms included with the Barceló Maya Palace Deluxe all offer ocean views and access to the private lounge with hors d’oeuvres and premium drinks along with WiFi, newspapers and concierge services.
I enjoyed the personal service at Barceló Maya Palace. The concierge knew my name, the tequila was always flowing, there was lovely turndown service and the use of the private lounge was a welcome respite. Even though the resort is all-inclusive, the premium liquors found in the lounge were a very welcome addition every evening.
Experience All-Inclusive Delights
The Barceló Maya Grand Resort hotels are all-inclusive, meaning you can put your wallet away the moment you arrive. Walk in the lobby and let the outside world disappear. The Barceló staff greets you with a welcome cocktail and whisks you to your home away from home on this gorgeous stretch of pristine beach. During the day, you can enjoy buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner at Barceló Maya Palace, Barceló Maya Beach, Barceló Maya Caribe, Barceló Maya Colonial and Barceló Tropical Hotels. There are also options for lunch and snacks on the beach, and you can find food and drinks available 24 hours a day or simply indulge in the minibar inside your room, which is restocked every day with bottled water, soft drinks and beer.
There are also several specialty restaurants at Barceló Maya Palace that I recommend. My favorite was Restaurante Caribe, which served up amazing fresh seafood dishes, specializing in flavors of the Caribbean. There is a formal dress code and reservations are required—but this is all-inclusive, so the price is included in your stay. Start with a salmon carpaccio and try the hake. It was amazing in its simplicity.
The best part of staying at the Barceló Maya Grand Resort is that you can also visit the other four hotels. I would suggest that you make reservations and visit the restaurants at one of the other hotels. It is also fun to change it up and check out a buffet at one of the other resorts for lunch on a different day. I loved having so many options. And, what is especially appealing about this gorgeous Mexican Riviera Maya location, is that even the dining is right on the water, so you don’t have to leave those gorgeous views to nourish your body. How much better is a vacation when you can nourish your body and your soul at the same time?